18.01.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-01-20 - News in briefNews in brief

KURZMELDUNGEN<br /> +++<br /> EADS Defence & Security (DS) will equip the German helicopters of the type NH90 with the military version of its HELLAS obstacle warning system.

The contract covers 150 Military Obstacle Warning Systems (MilOWS) worth about 55 million euros. The HELLAS system was developed at Defence Electronics, an integrated Business Unit of EADS Defence & Security, for use in helicopters. HELLAS is a laser-based, electro-optical system, which detects obstacles such as power lines reliably even if the pilot has difficulties making them out during the flight. Initial flight tests of the NH90 this year have established for DS the functional capability and sensor performance of the equipment under operational conditions. The tests included flights in complex obstacle scenarios of a kind commonly encountered under military flying conditions. "The military version of HELLAS that has been ordered – MilOWS – involves modification of the basic system in accordance with customer requirements in order to enhance the safety of the helicopter in military scenarios. We are already making successful use of the civilian obstacle warning system with customers such as, for instance, the German Federal Police," said Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics. The successful test flights on board the NH90 and the HELLAS demonstration helicopter have confirmed that stringent demands in terms of range and obstacle recognition have been met. During tests on the NH90 integration rig conducted over several months at Eurocopter in Ottobrunn, the functionalities of the interfaces to the NH90 system were demonstrated, also with the involvement of pilots and customers. The current version of the MilOWS worked perfectly. Thanks to these important milestones towards the final integration of the MilOWS obstacle warning system on the NH90 helicopter, the foundation has been laid for qualification on equipment level and in the NH90 system. The installation of series-produced equipment will commence from 2009.
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Southwest Airlines will equip more than 200 Boeing 737 Classic aircraft with Rockwell Collins' Global Positioning System GPS-4000S for Required Navigational Performance (RNP) operations.  Installation begins in 2008. "The selection of Rockwell Collins' GPS-4000S upholds Southwest Airlines' longstanding reputation as a leader in employing advanced technology and procedures to improve operational efficiency," said Patricia O'Connell, senior director, Communication and Navigation Programs for Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems. "Using RNP navigation for more precise approaches enables Southwest Airlines to enhance the traveling experience for its customers, while reducing fuel emissions and noise."
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SAFRAN has announced its consolidated sales for the year ended December 31, 2007. Key Figures include consolidated sales: 12 billion euros, up 5.9% over 2006. At December 31, 2007, net debt stood at 160 million euros, a sharp reduction over the year-end 2006 figure of 419 million euros. Dollar exposure is now fully hedged for 2008. Commenting on these results, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Paul Herteman said: "SAFRAN recorded healthy consolidated sales for 2007 of 12 billion euros, representing growth of 5.9% compared with 2006. At constant size and exchange rates, our sales grew 13.2% (excluding the broadband communications business, currently being sold to the Gores Group). We posted strong growth in our aerospace businesses and set a new record for orders: 2,704 CFM56 engines, more than twice as many as we delivered during the year. All business lines in the Defense Security branch also posted growth, as we increased our share of these markets. Because of this excellent performance, we exceeded our sales targets. At the same time, SAFRAN pursued its strategic refocus to create added value, while also reducing our debt load." The aviation market continued to generate record orders. In 2007, for instance, a total of 2,704 CFM56 engines were ordered, compared with 2,121 in 2006, bringing the order book to 5,636 CFM56 engines at December 31, 2007. Orders for helicopter engines remained buoyant, at 1,065 for the year. Other aircraft equipment segments also posted strong order growth, including landing gear, wheels and brakes. Sales by the Aerospace Propulsion branch grew 16.7% (or 25.2% at constant size and exchange rates), reflecting the continued favorable trends in this market. Deliveries of new engines for both commercial airplanes and for helicopters grew more than 20% compared with 2006. Sales of CFM56 spare parts recorded 36% growth for the year, as the most recent models begin to need maintenance. The service business, which generates 44% of branch sales, continued to develop. This clearly reflects both the excellent potential of our installed base of engines in service (now more than 17,600 CFM56 engines), and the growing maturity of this fleet, which generates strong spare parts sales.
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Lufthansa put in another record year in 2007. In a positive operating environment, the Group achieved renewed growth on the back of prudent capacity expansion and successful sales management. Never before have so many passengers flown with Germany's biggest airline than in the past year. The number of operated flights as well as capacity and sales reached peak levels. During 2007, Lufthansa welcomed around 56.4 million passengers on board its flights, a year-on-year increase of 5.6 per cent. The passenger count and capacity utilisation rose markedly in all traffic regions. The seat load factor on Lufthansa flights improved by 1.8 percentage points to 77 per cent. All in all, a total of 62.9 million passengers flew with the airlines in the Lufthansa Group, including 6.5 million with SWISS. The SWISS traffic figures have been included in those of the Lufthansa Group since July 2007. With 749,431 take-offs and landings, the number of flights operated by the Lufthansa Group reached a new peak. The destinations served in the route network rose during the year to almost 200.Lufthansa Cargo increased cargo tonnage and utilisation, thereby also improving its traffic figures. In 2007, the cargo carrier in the Group transported 1.8 million tonnes of cargo and mail, an increase of 2.6 per cent on the year-earlier level. Capacity was up by 2.2 per cent, while sales grew by 4.3 per cent. The cargo load factor rose accordingly by 1.4 percentage points to 69.1 per cent. 
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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of China has signed a contract for the supply of two AW109 Power light twin turbine engine helicopters, with an option for an additional two to be exercised next year. The MSA is responsible for monitoring all inland and coastal waters and these two helicopters will be dedicated to controlling and fighting water pollution.
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QinetiQ, in a partnership with the MOD's Joint Test and Evaluation Group (known as ATEC – Aircraft Test & Evaluation Centre), has successfully completed a 12-month, £5.25m Carson blades project to increase the capability of the Royal Navy Sea King HC Mk 4 helicopter. The work, carried out for the Sea King Integrated Project Team (SK IPT) in support of an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR), now enables the Sea King HC Mk 4 to be deployed in support of Operation HERIC in Afghanistan – providing much needed capability. The main rotor blades on the aircraft have been replaced by modified Carson composite blades (produced by Carson Helicopter inc) and the tail rotor was replaced by an AgustaWestland 5-bladed tail rotor system. A rigorous and intensive series of performance evaluation and flight testing was then conducted by ATEC using a QinetiQ-owned Sea King test aircraft. These confirmed initial predictions that the new system generates up to 2000lb increase in maximum hover mass at high altitude plus enable a significant increase in the maximum forward speed.
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Boeing and Air Pacific announced that the Fiji-based airline has ordered three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in addition to a 2006 order for five of the high-technology jetliners. The airplanes were added to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries Web site in 2007, attributed to an unidentified customer. The new airplanes are valued at US$580 million (F$907 million) and bring the total value of Air Pacific's 787 orders to approximately US$1.5 billion (F$2.34 billion), the largest transaction ever undertaken by a Fijian company. Air Pacific also is taking three purchase rights for the same model, which eventually would bring the airline's fleet to 11 Dreamliners.
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Eclipse Aviation announced it will expand its partnership with European Technology and Investment Research Center (ETIRC) Aviation. The agreement between the two companies includes an equity investment by ETIRC in Eclipse that is substantially in excess of $100 million. The agreement also provides for significant additional financial benefits to Eclipse as agreed commercial objectives are realized. Upon completion of the equity investment ETIRC will be the single largest shareholder of Eclipse Aviation. ETIRC CEO Roel Pieper has been elected non-executive Chairman of Eclipse Aviation. ETIRC is currently the exclusive provider of sales, customer service, maintenance support and flight training for the Eclipse 500 in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Republic of Turkey. Under the new arrangement, ETIRC will add Western Europe and the United Kingdom to its distribution and services area. As a result ETIRC will be the exclusive partner for Eclipse in more than 60 countries. As part of its expanded partnership with Eclipse, ETIRC has the right to establish local assembly of the Eclipse 500 within its expanded region, helping Eclipse Aviation reach its global volume production goals. ETIRC is in advanced stages of discussions for the location of the assembly facility. The City of Ulyanovsk in Russia is the leading candidate at the moment. Further announcements will be made in the next few months.
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Boeing and Continental Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane. With this delivery, Continental becomes the first airline in the Americas to operate the 737-900ER, a higher-capacity, longer-range derivative and newest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family. Continental was the first airline in the Americas to order the 737-900ER and currently has 26 more on order. Continental this year expects to take delivery of an average of two-to-three new Next-Generation 737s per month, which includes a mix of 737-900ERs and 737-800s. The airplanes are part of Continental's comprehensive fleet strategy, which focuses on improving operational efficiency and customer comfort.
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Boeing has been awarded a contract to build a commercial satellite for ProtoStar Ltd. The 601 HP-model spacecraft will deliver direct-to-home satellite television programming and broadband Internet access throughout Asia. The value of the deal was not disclosed.  Scheduled to launch in 2009, the ProtoStar II satellite will feature high-powered capacity and significantly expand ProtoStar's capacity throughout the Asia-Pacific region. ProtoStar is developing a satellite constellation of high-powered geostationary satellites that will provide a satellite network enabling robust direct-to-home (DTH) services in Asia.
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Boeing and Middle East airline Gulf Air held a signing ceremony in Bahrain to announce the airline's intent to purchase 787 Dreamliners. Boeing looks forward to welcoming Gulf Air as the newest member of the Dreamliner team upon conclusion of contract negotiations
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Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, and Sukhoi express full satisfaction for the President Vladimir Putin's decree which gives the green light to the acquisition by Alenia Aeronautica of 25% + one share of  SCAC, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, the Russian company responsible for the design, development and production of the new regional jet Sukhoi Superjet 100. Thanks to this ad-hoc presidential decree, it is possible for Alenia to complete the legal procedures to result in the acquisition of 25%+1 share in Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. The 25% plus one share participation in SCAC will allow Alenia Aeronautica to appoint non-Russian citizens for the Company's Board of Directors. "The Presidential Decree is another significant milestone for Sukhoi's and Alenia's strategic partnership sealed by the General Agreement signed at Le-Bourget 2007. It's an unprecedented sign of credibility to our mutual cooperative effort which promises to become the largest  joint Russian-European project in the aviation field. With the "green light" from the Russian President the synergy of Sukhoi and Alenia becomes a reality which will become a key input to Sukhoi Superjet 100 Programme's worldwide success". – Stated Sukhoi Holding CEO Mikhail Pogosyan.
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Sea Launch successfully launched the Thuraya-3 mobile communications satellite on January 15 with a perfect flight of the Zenit-3SL vehicle. The achievement marked Sea Launch's 25th mission, since the international team began operations with its first launch in 1999. Lifting off at 3:49am Pacific Time (11:49 GMT) from the Odyssey Launch Platform at 154 degrees West Longitude, the Zenit-3SL rocket placed the 5,173 kg (11,381 lb) Thuraya-3 satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Spacecraft separation occurred 99 minutes after liftoff, at 1,388 miles above the Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand. A tracking station in Fillmore, California, acquired the first signal from the spacecraft a few minutes later, as planned. All systems performed nominally throughout the flight. Boeing built the GEO-Mobile (GEM) spacecraft in El Segundo, Calif., for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company, based in the United Arab Emirates, to provide a range of mobile voice and data services over large geographic regions. Thuraya, the world's largest provider of handheld mobile satellite services, is preparing to operate commercially in Asia-Pacific markets when Thuraya-3 becomes operational. With a designed lifetime of 12.5 years, the satellite will be positioned in Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km (22,236 miles) above the Earth, at 98.5 degrees East Longitude.
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BAE Systems has been awarded a £84m contract for the development of 'Capability E' on Harrier GR9 aircraft by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The Capability E programme will form part of the existing £500m GR9 capability release programme that has successfully demonstrated 'through life capability' over the last six years and pioneered an incremental approach to technology insertion. Capability E will involve the design, development, integration and clearance of a number of systems including software functionality for secure communications, a replacement video recording system, modified Auxiliary Communications Navigation Identification Panel (ACNIP), the establishment of a second secure communications channel and the introduction of a Tactical Information Exchange Capability (TIEC). 
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BAE Systems has been awarded a contract for CUS(P) (Capability Upgrade Strategy (Pilot)) for the Tornado GR4 by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). BAE Systems is developing a structured and cost-effective approach to inserting new capability into the aircraft, and the CUS(P) programme, worth over £200m, is the start of this approach. CUS(P) will involve the design, development, integration and embodiment of an upgraded Secure Communications System and the introduction of a Tactical Data Link Capability onto the Tornado GR4 fleet, along with the integration of the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb. The programme will deliver the upgrade in two stages. The first, referred to as Capability A, will provide a capability release to service for Secure Communications and Paveway IV, followed by a Capability B release to service for a Tactical Data Link Capability. The design and development of these capabilities will take place at BAE Systems' site at Warton. The capability will then be embodied progressively onto the Tornado fleet via the Combined Maintenance and Upgrade facility at RAF Marham.
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The NATO Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Management Agency awarded a $66 million contract to incorporate the Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missile as the baseline interceptor for the tri-national program. The new interceptor increases the system's range and lethality over the baseline PAC-3 Missile, which was selected as the primary missile for MEADS when the design and development program began in 2004. The PAC-3 MSE Missile, under development by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, is an even more powerful version of the combat-proven hit-to-kill missile now in production. The MSE Missile increases the engagement envelope and defended area by using more responsive control surfaces and a more powerful rocket motor. "The PAC-3 MSE Missile provides MEADS with significant performance benefits," saidJim Cravens, president of MEADS International (MI). "With added thrust and its ability to handle more sophisticated threat missiles, it offers extended reach and protection for the Soldiers and Airmen who defend us."
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NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, has passed a significant mission milestone. It has completed the first phase of experimental flight tests, which confirmed the structural integrity and performance of the modified 747SP SOFIA aircraft that carries a huge infrared telescope. The telescope measures nearly 10 feet in width and weighs almost 19  tons. It peers through a 16-foot-high door cut into SOFIA's 747 fuselage. During this test series, the aircraft flew five times with this external door closed. These flights tested the limits of the aircraft's capabilities in many areas, including aerodynamics, structural integrity, stability and control, and handling qualities. The SOFIA program also checked the functionality of the aircraft's cutting edge, German-built telescope. Engineers tested the ability of the instrument's control system to maintain its precise position when tracking a celestial object, even while the aircraft moves and maneuvers through the sky.
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International guided weapons leader MBDA has taken another step towards consolidating the UK's complex weapons design capability with the transfer of warhead design engineers from BAE Systems. Under the deal, involving the transfer of warhead expertise to MBDA's Lostock site in Lancashire and access to IPR and technology from BAE Systems, MBDA and BAE Systems have agreed that the future of this part of the UK's remaining indigenous warhead design capability should be held by MBDA. The transfer to MBDA is in keeping with both the Defence Industrial Strategy and Defence Technology Strategy papers, published in 2005 by the Ministry of Defence, which identified warhead technology as a key sovereign capability.  BAE Systems' warhead manufacturing capability will continue with support from the design engineers being transferred to MBDA. The transfer of personnel to MBDA and access to IPR now makes it possible for MBDA to secure the future of an important component of the Complex Weapons supply chain.
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The modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 20, 2007, has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe, following a record-setting on-orbit deployment by a joint U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team. Lockheed Martin's operations team assisted Air Force Space Command's 2ndSpace Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) and its Reserve associate unit 19 SOPS based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. with the launch and early orbit operations. The team conducted the on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems in just over three days. Upon completion of navigation payload initialization, the satellite was declared operational on Jan. 2 for both civil and military users. Designated GPS IIR-18M, the satellite is the fifth in a series of eight Block IIR-M spacecraft that Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems has modernized for its customer, the Global Positioning Systems Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The Block IIR-M series includes new features that enhance operations and navigation signal performance for military and civilian GPS users around the globe.
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Boeing and Geneva-based PrivatAir announced an order for one Boeing 787-8 VIP airplane, a purchase-right exercise from PrivatAir's initial 787 order in 2006. The order is valued at $162 million. Through this agreement, PrivatAir has two 787s on order and has secured an additional purchase right. "The ever-increasing demand from charter customers for long-range, large-cabin aircraft shows no sign of abating, and PrivatAir is strategically placed to provide its customers with the widest range of travel options," said Greg Thomas, CEO of PrivatAir. "This latest order will further expand the capabilities of PrivatAir's fleet, enabling our passengers to travel further, faster and in greater comfort."
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Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Government of Canada valued at $1.4 billion for the purchase of 17 C-130J Super Hercules airlifters and related equipment and services. "We are extremely proud that the C-130J has been selected as Canada's next tactical airlifter. The Super Hercules will be the new workhorse of the Canadian Forces," said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president for Air Mobility and Special Operations Forces business development. "The C-130J is a proven, available, rugged aircraft capable of performing a full spectrum of tactical airlift missions in demanding environments." The Canadian Forces' new Super Hercules will be the longer fuselage or "stretched" variant of the C-130J, similar to those being delivered to the U.S. Air Force. Deliveries to Canada will begin in 2010. Canada joins the growing number of nations with C-130J fleets. Allied operators include the United States, Australia, Demark, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom.
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Arianespace has been chosen to launch the Yahsat 1A communications satellite built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space for operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJsc (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates. During the official visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to the United Arab Emirates, Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace signed yesterday in Abu Dhabi the launch agreement for the Yahsat 1A communications satellite. Yahsat 1A is scheduled for an Ariane 5 launch into geostationary transfer orbit in 2010 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
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2007 witnessed acceleration in the rate of air traffic growth within Europe, with an increase of 5.3% over the previous year. For the first time ever, more than 10 million IFR GAT flights were recorded by EUROCONTROL's Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU). A record number of 33,506 flights occurred on 31 August 2007. The previous daily record of 31,914 flights (15 September 2006) was surpassed on 36 occasions during 2007. Air traffic flow management (ATFM) delays due to reasons such as air traffic control capacity and staffing, weather, and aerodrome capacity also increased significantly (up by 11.5% over 2006). ATFM delays as a proportion of all delays remained reasonably stable, accounting for approximately 23% of all delays. Regarding the actual performance and perspectives of the European ATFCM operations network, Jacques Dopagne, Director EUROCONTROL CFMU, stated: "2007 was a year with a very significant increase in traffic (above the forecast). When one considers this growth and a number of particular phenomena such as adverse weather during both summer and winter, and the rapid growth in some airline sectors (low cost) and regions (central Europe), the system coped as well as could have been expected. A number of areas in Europe, however, are now operating very close to their maximum capacity and the timely availability of sufficient capacity and ATC staff resources is essential. There is an urgent requirement that all ATM partners increase their cooperation through consolidated and enhanced CDM processes in order to meet the challenges in 2008 and beyond. Through the DMEAN programme, EUROCONTROL and the CFMU have a critical role to play in cooperation with all actors in helping to optimise the use of the network and the release of all potential capacity if the level of delays are to be controlled."
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Alenia Aeronautica has signed a contract with the Libyan Interiors Ministry, worth about €31 millions, for the supply of one maritime patrol ATR-42MP aircraft. The contract includes pilots and systems operators training, logistic support and spare parts. The aircraft will be delivered during 2009 and will be used by the Libyan General Security agency for the control of the territorial waters and search & rescue and marine environment safeguard. The Libyan ATR-42MP will have a configuration similar to the aircrafts in service with the Italian Coast Guard and will be equipped with a mission system which includes, in addition to the research radar, also an electro-optical sensor and the capability of air-dropping equipment for sea rescue.
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Flying Officer HRH William Wales has flown his first solo flight with the RAF after just nine days training. Prince William is being fast-tracked through the RAF's six month pilot training course in just four months. He started flying training at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire on 7 January. He flew his solo at the RAF's Central Flying School in a Grob training aircraft. Later it is planned for the Prince to fly the advanced Tucano trainer at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire and finally Squirrel helicopters at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. Flying Officer Wales is following in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Prince Philip who both qualified as pilots with the RAF. After his solo the Prince said: "It was a lot of fun. I was a bit nervous at the start but I was told to get on with it so I did. I'm still here to tell the tale and so far I havn't been billed for any damage! "It's the same sense of camaraderie in the RAF as in the Army. I'm being ribbed a bit by my friends here but I'm sticking up for the Army as much as I can. The guys here are great and very dedicated." During his training, Prince William is being accommodated in similar quarters and following the same intensive working day as the other students on the course. Although the 25-year-old Prince will not be deployed on live operations, he will get experience in the Tornado GR4 and the Typhoon during his short tenure with the RAF.
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Gripen International has received a formal invitation from armasuisse, the Swiss defence material administration, to submit initial bids for the supply of Gripen fighter aircraft to replace the Swiss Air Force's ageing F-5 combat aircraft. The Swiss Armed Forces plan to replace their fleet of F-5 fighter aircraft in the next decade and Gripen is one among four invited suppliers. The invitation from the Swiss authorities to the Gripen team to bid, follows the recent receipt of similar invitations from India, Denmark and Thailand, and is further evidence of the big interest Gripen is generating worldwide. The Gripen team's response to the Swiss invitation to bid is required to be submitted in mid-2008.
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An important milestone in the integration of IRIS-T with the Gripen fighter, was achieved on 8 November 2007 at the Vidsel range in northern Sweden when Gripen fired the IRIS-T, within visual range (WVR), missile with an operational target seeker for the first time. It was a high g-load test firing using a fully operational missile without a warhead. The test was completely successful with the missile finding and shooting down the designated target. With IRIS-T, the Gripen's close combat capacity is greatly increased, a significant factor in international operations. The missile is being developed to combat targets at short range and is also designed to strike targets behind the firing aircraft.IRIS-T will enter service alongside the Cobra HMD (Helmet Mounted Display) System, giving the SAF Gripens a formidable new combat edge.
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Snecma Propulsion Solide has made a firm commitment to expanding the use of its composite materials to the aviation sector. Reflecting this new strategic direction, on January 1st the company created an Aeronautics and Composites division, headed by Olivier Le Merrer and reporting to the Chairman and CEO. Snecma Propulsion Solide intends to leverage its expertise in the design and production of composite materials to expand their use on aircraft and win new contracts. Starting more than 40 years ago, Snecma Propulsion Solide has developed families of advanced composite materials, originally designed for missiles, then used on launchers and other applications. In addition to creating a multidisciplinary network of university research labs, Snecma Propulsion Solide has deployed the production and R&D facilities – some of them the only ones of their kind in the world – needed to meet evolving market requirements. For instance, a technology originally developed for rocket motors has now made SAFRAN the world leader in carbon brakes for commercial jetliners.  
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Korea plans to inject 316.4 billion won ($337.2 million) into its space program this year, the government said Wednesday (Jan. 16). The Ministry of Science and Technology said the plan calls for 126.6 billion won to be allocated to the development of three multipurpose satellites that can take detailed pictures of the earth from space, and 70.7 billion to build fixed-orbit communications and weather observation satellites. After having launched the Arirang 2 multipurpose satellite in July 2006, Seoul is aiming to launch the Arirang 3, which will carry a camera with resolution of 0.7 meters, the Arirang 3A which can take infra-red images of the earth and the Arirang 5, capable of compiling radar images. It added that 201.2 billion won is to be earmarked for advanced research and development of future satellites. The ministry also said money is to be allocated for the completion of the Naro Space Center in South Jeolla Province and the building and launching of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1). The KSLV-1 is scheduled to take into orbit a satellite that is to be launched inside the country in December.  
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BAE Systems will develop an interim all-quadrant defensive weapon system for the CV-22 Osprey aircraft. The contract awarded by the U.S. Special Operations Command, calls for rapid development, installation, testing, and qualification of a weapon capability that provides defensive fire protection to all quadrants of the aircraft. The belly-mounted system is remotely operated and capable of delivering accurate, sustained fire throughout the CV-22's flight envelope. The contract is valued at $491,000, with a potential value of $16.3 million, including options. "At BAE Systems, we pride ourselves on the work we do to protect those who protect us," said Clark Freise, vice president of defense avionics for BAE Systems in Johnson City, New York. "This system will provide vital protection to this aircraft, its operators, and the Special Operations personnel that it will carry."
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Adam Aircraft has been strengthening its operations throughout this past year with significant progress towards obtaining A700 Type Certification and improving production processes through its Make Production Fly (MPF) program. As a result of the company's ongoing evaluation of the processes and resources needed to achieve its vision and milestones, Adam Aircraft is making a revision to the company's overall production plan. "Adam Aircraft Industries is announcing today a strategic adjustment in operations designed to focus on two key objectives: obtain a TC on our A700 jet design and complete our "MPF" initiative," said Adam Aircraft President Duncan Koerbel. "To provide for our future growth, we must be strategic in our focus by managing current cash expenditures to ensure adequate time to secure financing for the long term. We're off to a good start in this effort with assistance from our partner, Citibank, but we need to be able to provide them with sufficient time working with potential investors to secure long term financing." The necessary strategic adjustment for Adam Aircraft will reduce resources to match the revised production and spending plan resulting in the following actions:
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Embraer has signed a firm order with LOT Polish Airlines for an additional 12 EMBRAER 175 (E175) jets, plus two options and ten purchase rights. The total value of the agreement is US$ 372 million, based on January 2007 economic conditions, and could come to US$ 744 million, if all options and purchase rights are confirmed. This deal is already included in Embraer's fourth quarter firm order backlog as "undisclosed".
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The 2008 version of EADS Socata's TBM 850 Very Fast Turboprop (VFT) 6-seat business aircraft was unveiled today by Chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard during a "Discovery Show" held at the company's factory in Tarbes, France. Upgrades in this latest TBM850 variant includes its Integrated All-Glass Flight Deck, based on the last-generation Garmin G1000 system – which replaces traditional instruments with large liquid crystal display (LCD) screens. It integrates primary flight, navigation, weather, traffic, ground proximity and technical information on the aircraft, fully associated with a digital autopilot. This reduces pilot workload and eases maintenance. As a result, the TBM 850 is now one of the world's most advanced light business aircraft. In addition, the TBM 850's environmental and vapor control system has been replaced by the Global Air Control System, which is more efficient and offers a dual zone temperature control.
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The Royal Norwegian MoD has requested FMV, Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration, to submit binding proposals for the replacement of its ageing fleet of F-16's with the Gripen fighter. The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence has announced that its F-16 fleet is foreseen to reach the end of its technical and operational lifespan around 2015, and that it has a need to acquire a future combat aircraft capability to replace its F-16 fleet. In order to meet the Norwegian Parliament's target of approving the future combat aircraft acquisition process by Spring 2009, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence has issued a Request for Binding Information (RBI) to FMV, as well as two other suppliers. The invitation from the Norwegian authorities to FMV to bid, follows the recent receipt of similar invitations from India, Switzerland, Denmark and Thailand, and is further evidence of the big interest Gripen is generating worldwide. FMV's response to the Norwegian MoD RBI is required to be submitted on 28 April 2008.  
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BAE Systems has been awarded its first F-35 Low Rate Initial Production full funding contract worth over £25M. The contract will see the company deliver the aft fuselage and empennage (vertical and horizontal tails) as well as key mission and vehicle systems for two Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variants of F-35. "This is a significant milestone for BAE Systems and for the F-35 team. The start of Low Rate Initial Production marks the transition from development to production of the F-35 programme and is a major step towards making the F-35 available to customers worldwide." said Tom Fillingham, Managing Director F-35 Lightning II, BAE Systems. "We will start assembly of the aft fuselage and empennage for these first production aircraft in 2008 and the first F-35 aircraft is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Air Force in 2010."  
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Bombardier announced the sale of four high-speed Global 5000 jets, which will be operated by the German Ministry of Defence's Special Mission Wing for VIP transport and Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) flights. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2011. The Global 5000 jets were selected by the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement in Germany (BWB), as part of a broader agreement regarding the modernization of the MoD's Special Mission Wing. Lufthansa Technik AG of Hamburg, Germany, is the prime contractor for the overall agreement, which also includes the purchase of two Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliners. The six new aircraft will replace the MoD's existing fleet of Challenger 601 aircraft. "Bombardier has a long standing relationship with the German Ministry of Defence, a Challenger aircraft operator for more than 20 years. We are delighted that they have once again selected Bombardier aircraft for their Special Mission Wing and to fly German government and parliamentary officials," said Derek Gilmour, vice-president, sales and marketing, Bombardier Aircraft Services. "The Global 5000 jet is the best suited aircraft to meet the BWB tender's 12-seat jet requirement, which includes intercontinental range and the ability to reconfigure the interior to MedEvac capabilities when required."  
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A year after expanding its non-stop services from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg from four to ten destinations, SWISS reports positive results from the enlarged network and plans to further increase the services available to its EuroAirport-based customers. From March 30, SWISS will offer new non-stop service between Basel and Belgrade and operate additional frequencies on its existing Basel-Prague and Basel-Brussels routes.It was on January 15, 2007 that SWISS expanded its non-stop network from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg from four to ten destinations. The new services represented a 23% increase in flights to 59 departures a week, which was further raised to 61 with the 2007 summer schedules. The additional capacity has been fully absorbed by the market: SWISS carried over 330 000 passengers to and from Basel in the last twelve months, almost twice as many as the previous year, and substantially raised its local market share from 5% to its present level of around 10%. Together with its Star Alliance partners, SWISS currently offers some 150 departures from the EuroAirport a week.
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Cessna at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo announced the locations of its United States reassembly facilities for the Cessna SkyCatcher. Following production in China, SkyCatchers will be test flown, disassembled and shipped to three Cessna authorized service stations in the United States: Eagle Aviation in West Columbia, S.C., Yingling Aviation in Wichita, Kan., and Southwest Platinum Aviation in North Las Vegas, Nev. The facilities will reassemble the aircraft and conduct acceptance test flights prior to delivery to Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representatives, who will in turn distribute the aircraft to retail customers. Cessna has partnered with Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) for production of the new Model 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft (LSA) in Shenyang, China. Cessna will ship the SkyCatcher's engine and avionics, along with raw materials, from the United States to Shenyang for assembly by SAC. Cessna will provide on-site personnel to oversee assembly, quality assurance and technical support.
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